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Martin Leighton

Visual artist

2017 Mall Galleries,London Annual Exhibition 2017
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Painting entitled ‘Waiting for Your Call’ PRESELECTED (SOLD)

2014 RWA Annual Autumn Open Exhibition 2014
Royal West of England Academy: Painting entitled ‘August Weekend’ PRESELECTED (SOLD)

2003 – 2016: OWNER of the Leighton Art Gallery, Weymouth
Permanent Exhibitions – Artist in Residence
Closed October 2016

2003: Exhibition held at an independent gallery, Johannesburg

2001: Exhibition held as part of the Tourism & Hospitality
Industries Convention in Cape Town, South Africa
1999, 2000 &2001 Commissioned by FEDHASA (Federated Hospitality
Association of South Africa) to create paintings
for Lifetime Achievement Awards

I have been a professional artist since 2003 using the medium of oils on canvas. I work from my studio in Dorset concentrating on figurative works including nudes which allow me to express various aspects of the female form. I am passionate about portrait and figurative subjects and try to create an ambiguous effect enticing the viewer to look closely at the figure.
The challenge for me is to create evocative and thought provoking images, especially when painting the female form. I strive to achieve realistic, yet not photographic images, painting from both life and photos taken of my models. Achieving skin tones is such a challenge but I find myself totally engrossed in the painting until I am satisfied with the finished work.
I also combine figurative with seascapes so natural light is an important factor. Living on the south coast allows many opportunities to study light changes throughout the day as nature provides an abundance of images for the artist’s eye to perceive.
I have undertaken many portrait commissions and paintings have been sold worldwide.

Martin J Leighton
January 2021